Actor Freida Pinto disheartened style watchers recently when she wore a gold maxi dress with an embellished jacket at a red carpet event in Paris. It wasn’t what she wore, but what she wore it with that made her choice a faux pas. Freida’s golden crinkled maxi by Ralph Lauren Blue Label was apt as gilded dresses are in vogue; the error was in pairing the already overwhelming dress with a full-sleeved bejewelled black Balmain jacket.
Now, for someone who has by now earned a reputation of being one of the most fashion-savvy celebrities this was a crucial sin, which makes the actor’s nearly-got-it-right-look fresh bait for the fashion police. “Freida usually dresses up really well, but this is a total disaster. This long gold ensemble that is clubbed with a gaudy jacket is not bringing out her true personality. Though the ballerinas are a comfortable choice, they’re not going with this look. She could have worn nice heels instead. Also, hair kept loose would have looked better,” says stylist Sheena Malhotra.
“The golden shimmery long dress in crushed fabric with the jacket is not looking nice on her. This is definitely a bad choice of garments put together that have got nothing to do with each other,” says Nandita of designer duo Hemant and Nandita.
To get the gilded look right, designers suggest the thumb rule of balancing a too-in-your-face outfit with muted, easy layering. Also, keep your makeup minimal.
While Freida could not get the look right, take cue from the celebrities featured here, who’ve struck gold in style.
Wear the gold dress right
If you are wearing a gold dress ensure that your makeup is minimal. Red or scarlet lips may look great, but are a mismatch with a gold dress. Instead, go for lip colours in subtle, muted shades or carry the nude lips look with a hint of dew.
Save it for a gala affair
Since gold is a party colour, it is best suited to glamourous occasions such as a red carpet event, festivals or a gala. Anything embroidered or embellished worn with a gold dress will be too in-your-face, so pair it with something simple.
Balance the bling
If you want to balance out the effect of too much bling, do it smartly. Wear a gilded top with a plain black skirt. If you are in a mood to try something new, you can also pair a satin gold tone skirt with just a hint of glaze. Keep the shoes and clutch too in a neutral tone.
Don’t add any accessories and try a plain hair style. The hair should be either left loose or tied in a low, loose bun.